Pentax Cable Switch 205 (3.5') for K20D, K10D, K200D, K100D, K110D, Digital SLR's & for ZX-L / IST Cameras

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About Pentax

Fire the camera remotely with this useful 0.5m long cable release.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (18),Easy to use (14),Durable (10),Improves function (6),Reliable (6)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (10),Portraits (9),Studio (8),Travel (6),Landscape photography (4),Everyday (3),Home (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (14),Photo enthusiast (3)

Reviews about this item

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(based on 19 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Very handy for macro photography

The Pentax cable switch is a requirement for macro photography to get rid of camera shake caused by handling the camera during shutter release. The cable switch operates flawlessly and is very easy to use. I use it for most of my close up photography needs and find it to be a great asset.


Most Liked Negative Review


Works well

A bit expensive for what it does.

Reviewed by 19 customers


It works


from albuquerque,nm

Again I have not used this product eneough yet to be able to say any more thain It Works Give me six months and I could state how durable and relibale it is. I have been using Pentax For 35 years with out a problem, I do have a level of trust.


Pentax Cable Switch 205


from Butte, Mt  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Although I already have a Pentax Remote Control F, which functions very well however it's also very small and easy to loose ( until I Krazy glued a lens cap keeper to it) plus there is always a chance of the battery going dead. The Pentax Cable Switch 205 eliminates those problems, much larger and no battery. It could be argued the cable is to short but even with the Remote Control F I would only be within a couple of feet anyway. The PCS 205 does have a shutter lock for timed exposures but it would be nice if it had a lighted count up timer on it since bulb mode will mostly be used in very low light or dark (astro?) situations. I did rate this as a 4 star but it really is 4.5. Half point off for no timer. Overall it is a very well made product, large case and a heavy cable.


Nifty accessory


from McHenry, IL  -  Casual user

This is an essential accessory for every photographer. You need this if you are using a tripod to completely eliminate camera movement.


Just what I needed


from Birmingham, AL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

It is what I was wanting and it did not disappoint me.


Pentax cable switch 205


from Belton, Texas  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I bought this for use on my Pentax K10. The remote control cord could be a littl longer, but it does the job if you need to stand to the side of the camera and cannot use the wireless remote control.




from Melbourne, Australia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Functions just as you would expect but it would be useful to have a longer cable.


Simple & Effective


from 1 deg North of Equator-SG  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

For portraits and bulb shoot. Pressing the switch halfway for focusing which I thought not available. I used velcro tie to secure the remote to the camera strap to prevent accidental pulling of cable between connector & remote housing.


Not a bad switch...


from Fort Worth, Texas  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have only one issue, and that is when I grab hold of the unit, I have a tendency not to find the trigger button, but an indentation that they built on the back of the unit near the end. I also think that it is a more logical place for the trigger button, too, instead of next to the wire. In my opinion, I would prefer it at the end of the unit. Just my opinion. It works well, as designed, doing what it is suppose to do.


Great addition


from So-Cal  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great addition to my camera bag and my K20D. Works just as it shouls for shooting long exposures. I have tried using the wireless remote for long exposures, but it is not as relibable as this switch (button). A bit pricey, but a useful tool.


Finally, a "Time" shutter setting


from Illinois & Arizona  -  Photo Enthusiast

This offers the photographer the equivalent of a "Time" shutter setting long absent from modern cameras. If you ever wiggled or got a cramp in your finger while trying to make an extended exposure while pressing the shutter release button in "Bulb" mode, you'll appreciate this accessory.


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Questions about this item:

Bruce H  Will this work with the Pentax K-30 dslr ?
NORMAN B  I dont know if it will work. I do know it will work on my 645D. I wish it had a longer cord tho. Does any one make an extention that will work!
Thomas L  Does this work with the Pentax K-5?
PHILIP M  I don't know. I have a K100D and the cable switch seems to be designed for a limited number of models. Sorry I could not be more helpful. Phil

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